Of the many reasons the Indians won an AL wild-card spot with a stunning September surge, manager Terry Francona joked that it had nothing to do with his final days in Boston.
''We stayed away from chicken and beer,'' he cracked. ''That helped.''
Francona was typically jovial on Monday, a day after Cleveland completed a 10-0 run to finish the regular season and earn its first playoff appearance since 2007. As the Indians await the winner of the Texas-Tampa Bay tiebreaker, Francona discussed his team's superb chemistry, resiliency and a roster devoid of superstars but loaded with selfless players.
Francona also poked some fun at himself, alluding to his final days of the 2011 season with the Red Sox. Francona led the club to two World Series titles, but left after the team collapsed late in that season. The Red Sox clubhouse was later characterized as out of control with players drinking beer, eating chicken and playing video games during games....